Adding a patio to your home is an exciting venture but because of all the decisions you have to make, it can be challenging as well. The most important decision you’ll need to make is choosing the patio flooring. You’ll have many options to choose from but for this article, we’ll look at the two obvious ones: Pavers and Concrete. Both options have pros and cons which you’ll need to consider before making the final decision.
A simple grey slab is the most basic concrete patio. But it doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the design when you choose concrete. You can design the top surface to look like pavers and you can even mix a colour into the concrete.
Pavers have the most flexibility when it comes to appearance. You can choose from various stone/brick colours and patterns. The depth of its texture exceeds the appearance of it when you opt for stamped concrete.
Concrete offers lower maintenance than many other paving options but does require some maintenance. Regular cleaning with a pressure washer is needed to keep it looking good. Additionally, you’ll have to reseal it every 2 to 3 years. The upside is that you won’t be faced with weeds since it’s one solid surface.
Pavers are a low maintenance patio surface option that will require only sand replenishing between stones as needed. While you might be faced with weeds, you can use it to your advantage and add a touch of landscaping charm to the patio flooring.
Both options are extremely durable. That said, pavers go a little further in that department since the pavers settle individually. While it’s possible to break a paver by dropping something really heavy on it, you’ll only have to replace the broken paver.
Concrete slabs offer little opportunity for changes and require demolition to remove it. Pavers, on the other hand, is easy to modify making it a versatile option. You simply pick up individual pavers and move them to create the shape you want. It’s also easy to expand by adding more pavers.
You have to consider not only installation but maintenance as well when comparing the cost of these options. Concrete tends to be cheaper than pavers at the installation stage but pavers require less maintenance down the line.
In the end, it comes down to personal preference but with the considerations mentioned above, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.
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